When the news broke in March that the iconic Greenies Beach Bar & Grill, a popular sailor hangout in the Ocean View section of Norfolk, Virginia, would be purchased by the city and closed soon thereafter, it hit the locals like a ton of bricks.
The famous watering hole, around since at least the 1930s, has been a popular spot for locals and sailors alike. The plan, Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander put forth, is to raze the building to create additional beach parking.
For now, the bar remains open and no date has been announced for its closing. And locals are fighting to keep it around. A petition to save the establishment has collected over 2,000 signatures, and a letter to Alexander stated that “to demolish Greenies is to destroy the heart of [Ocean View].”
Michelle Willoughby has been coordinating these efforts. In the letter to Alexander, she puts forth alternatives for the property, but has yet to hear back from Norfolk’s city leadership, she told Navy Times.